Mira Modi, an enterprising 11-year-old Indian-origin girl studying in sixth grade in New York City, has started her own business selling cryptographically secure passwords generated by dice rolls. She has her own website and generates six-word Dice-ware pass phrases for her customers at 2 dollars each. Diceware is a well-known decades-old system for coming up with passwords. It involves rolling a dice as a way to generate random numbers that are matched to a long list of English words.Those words are then combined into a non-nonsensical string that exhibits true randomness and is therefore difficult to crack.
Modi’s mother, Julia Angwin, a veteran journalist and author of Dragnet Nation, employed her daughter to generate Dice-ware pass phrases as a part of research for her book.That is when Modi had the idea to turn it into a small business.For every order, Modi rolls a physical dice and looks up the words in a printed copy of the Diceware word list. She writes down the corresponding password string onto a piece of paper and sends it by postal mail to the customer.
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